Around the World in 80 Recipes

This site was created for those who would like to recreate the meals I have written about in the "Around the World in 80 Meals" site. ( On that site, I describe the meals that are cooked for me by people from many different cultures...I enjoy eating those meals and I hope to shed a more positive light on the multicultural society in the Netherlands.

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I'm Dutch/American, 29 years old, and love getting to know new people and new cultures. Plus I enjoy a good meal! So what better way to combine these interests than through this blog? The idea is to talk to my hosts about what role food plays in their life, who taught them how to cook, what differences they see between local (food) culture and their own, etc. I started out in the Netherlands, but continued the project after my move to the UK in 2007. Email: eightymeals at yahoo dot com

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Japanese Ginger Mackerel

mackerel filets for four
sugar (150 grams)
one ume-boshi (Japanese pickled plum)
one piece of fresh ginger
120 ml of mirin (sweetened sake)
100 ml of sake
150 ml of soy sauce
miso (150 grams)

Mackerel is a tasty fish but it has a bit strong smell too, so the filets of mackerel should be first washed with boiling water (for a few seconds). Then boil the filets in water in a deep frying pan, and carefully remove the scum that forms on top. Remove the water and add the sugar, the ume-boshi, the thinly sliced ginger, the mirin, the sake and the soy sauce and boil till the sauce becomes nice and thick. Finally add the miso (soy paste) and boil for a few more minutes.


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